It’s Margarita time!!!
I’ve been hitting some blogging milestones lately, so I decided it was time for a little celebration. And it’s become a bit of a tradition here at Sula and Spice to post an adult beverage for these celebratory posts.
Today’s beverage is a little bit like two in one: Pina Colada meets Margarita. Both are exceptionally good, and always make me think of a tropical vacation.
I couldn’t decide between them, so I combined the flavors and made a Coconut Pineapple Margarita. Some might call it a Pina Rita. 😀
It’s sweet, tropical and altogether wonderful to drink – you want to try this one!
Why I love this recipe
Do you like Pina Coladas? Margaritas? If both answers are yes, you will LOVE this drink. it combines the best of those to make a truly delightful cocktail. It mixes up in minutes and gives a sweet and smooth taste sensation in every sip.
The coconut flavor predominates but is balanced with pineapple and lime to keep all the taste buds happy. The beverage is light and refreshing, yet completely satisfying. It’s a perfect drink to enjoy on a warm summer day – or any day you want to feel like you are in the tropics!
And actually, it has slightly less liquor than a traditional margarita, since only tequila is used and no triple sec. So you can totally justify having another if you’d like. 😀
Tequila note: I used 1800 Coconut tequila for this drink. I wanted the maximum coconut flavor, and the tequila helped deliver!
However, if you don't want to buy a special flavor-infused tequila, I do understand. Once I had the recipe figured out, I made a coconut pineapple margarita again using a regular silver tequila. That was also an excellent drink.
So if you would rather use the tequila you already have, go for it. I've done lots of taste testing (you're welcome!!) and feel confident that you'll love this cocktail either way.
How to make a coconut pineapple margarita
Cocktails are easy, and this one is no exception. Just add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into your favorite ice-filled glass (or rim it first with toasted coconut if you’d like) and garnish as desired before serving.
Any glass works – martini, margarita, rocks… It really doesn’t matter as long as you have enough room for ice plus the beverage. The glasses I used are 12 ounce whiskey glasses.
A typical Margarita uses simple syrup, but that is not necessary in this recipe. The pineapple juice and cream of coconut both add a natural sweetness that you may consider to be “the sugar” for the drink, and the lime juice also adds some additional tartness and flavor.
Other liquors could be substituted for the tequila in this recipe – but of course then it wouldn't be a margarita! Try a citrusy vodka or perhaps use some gin. Alternately, you could use a combination of juices and flavorings to create a similar taste without actually using liquor. And of course, you can stick with rum and just make it a Pina Colada.
Garnishing the drink is a fun way to add some flare and make your cocktail or mocktail more appealing. Toasted coconut looks cool, tastes great, adds texture and also provides a bit of extra sweetness without adding any real sugar.
Yes you can. Just substitute the cream of coconut for coconut milk. However, I find that coconut milk doesn't always incorporate as well, and will tend to form little clumps in your drink. The taste is good, but the appearance is less desirable to me. A blender would probably help with this, but I wanted to keep this simpler than that by sticking with a cocktail shaker.
Here are a few more cocktails to refresh you this summer
Coconut Pineapple Margarita
- 2 ounces tequila 1800 Coconut or silver
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- 2 ounces cream of coconut
- ¾ ounce lime juice fresh squeezed
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake vigorously for 30-60 seconds.
- Strain into ice-filled glass of choice.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.